Page 477 of our reviews

The Good Thief: Hannah Tinti

Reviewed by Louise Swinn, Editorial Director of Sleepers Publishing

At the start of Hannah Tinti’s debut novel, twelve-year-old, one-handed Ren has been stuck in an orphanage for as long as he can remember. He doesn’t know how he lost his hand or what happened to his…

Read more ›

A Girl Made Of Dust: Nathalie Abi Ezzi

Reviewed by Jason Austin, Assistant Books Buyer at Readings Carlton

Set during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in the 1980s, A Girl Made of Dust is a novel written with such maturity, it is hard to believe that it’s a debut. Ruba is ten and lives with her family in E…

Read more ›

Human Love: Andrei Makine

Reviewed by Belinda Monypenny, Developmental Editor at Cengage Learning

After witnessing his parents’ deaths during Angolan independence, Elias becomes a ‘professional revolutionary’. Through him, we watch socialism’s march through Africa, but for Elias, revolution embod…

Read more ›

The Last Sky: Alice Nelson

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

Shortlisted for last year’s Vogel Award, this is Alice Nelson’s first novel. Maya and her husband, Joseph, are academics. She is working on Poussin, he, an archaeologist, has just taken a position at…

Read more ›

How The Soldier Repairs The Gramophone: Sasa Stanisic

Reviewed by Maloti Ray, freelance reviewer

Born in Višegrad, Bosnia and escaping during its Serbian invasion, Saša Stanišić charts his debut novel as a whimsical child tenderly mindful of the river Drina.

Witness to war and peace, the Drina…

Read more ›

Song For Night: Chris Abani

Reviewed by Michelle Calligaro, Assistant Manager of Readings Carlton

Song for Night is a powerful piece of prose portraying the shocking experiences of an African boy soldier. ‘My Luck’ belongs to a team trained to defuse mines with jungle knives. They have their voca…

Read more ›

When Will There Be Good News?: Kate Atkinson

Reviewed by Olivia Mayer, Freelance Reviewer

From the moment she burst onto the literary scene with the dazzling Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate Atkinson has been fusing genres and defying categorisation to deliver wonderfully satisfying,…

Read more ›

Earth to the Dandy Warhols: The Dandy Warhols

Reviewed by James Power, Readings St Kilda

On this follow up to 2005’s Oddortorium or Warlords of Mars it’s not until track 4’s (Wasp in the Lotus) that you realise you are in fact listening to the Dandy Warhols. From here on in, it’s classic…

Read more ›

Evening Is The Whole Day: Preeta Samarasan

Reviewed by Maloti Ray, freelance reviewer

The exquisite challenge of portraying modern Malaysia is in the conveying of subtle paradoxes. Authoritarian yet democratic, stable yet fractious, multicultural yet segregated, its nuances have defie…

Read more ›

Mother Land: Dmetri Kakmi

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

Dmetri Kakmi paints beautiful word pictures for the reader, effortlessly seducing them into another world – the world of his childhood.

Kakmi grew up on the Turkish island of Bozcaada (formerly Tene…

Read more ›